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Attitudes of schizophrenia outpatients toward psychiatric medications: relationship to clinical variables and insight.

Freudenreich O, Cather C, Evins AE, Henderson DC, Goff DC.

Abstract

Attitude toward medications is important for medication adherence. A patient's drug attitude probably reflects a weighing of benefits against experienced or anticipated side effects or risks associated with the medication. We predicted (1) that drug attitudes would be more positive among schizophrenia patients taking second-generation compared to first-generation antipsychotics because of their greater tolerability and efficacy; and (2) that greater insight into illness, fewer extrapyramidal symptoms, and better social functioning would be associated with better attitudes toward psychiatric medication.

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Freudenreich O, Cather C, Evins AE, Henderson DC, Goff DC. 2004. Attitudes of schizophrenia outpatients toward psychiatric medications: relationship to clinical variables and insight. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 65(1), 1372-1376.

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Contributed on 11/11/2013

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